Shops in Mohali can remain open till 8 pm, shops dealing in essential commodities are exempted

Shops in Mohali can remain open till 8 pm, shops dealing in essential commodities are exempted

Mohali : In view of ever increasing COVID-19 cases in the district, Mrs. Isha Kalia, District Magistrate, has imposed additional restrictions on Monday.
It was said in the orders that additional restrictions were necessary as it has been observed that the positivity rate has increased to 25.15%.in the district.
Now, as per the additional restrictions, Non-essential shops shall remain open till 8.00 PM only. However, all shops and vehicles/persons dealing in essential commodities such as food, medicines, milk and milk products, poultry etc. shall be exempted. Further, there shall be no restriction on movement of raw materials, finished goods, personnel etc related to manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs, including vaccines and medical devices, diagnostic testing kits etc.
All other conditions of my earlier orders will remain the same.
Any violations shall invite criminal proceedings under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Punjab Cabinet Minister Raja Warring tests Covid positive

Mukstar: Punjab Cabinet Minister, Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring has tested positive for Covid and had isolated himself at home for a week, health department officials said.
Dr Satish Goyal, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Muktsar, said, “Transport Minister Raja Warring has tested Covid positive. He had requested for RTPCR test on Sunday and tested positive for Covid on Monday. Our team will take samples of his contacts too.”
Punjab Transport Minister Raja Warring said, “I have tested positive for Covid and isolated myself at my Muktsar residence. I have a sore throat but no other symptoms. In the rapid test, I tested negative. However, as per the RTPCR report, I am Covid infected.

Punjab Lok Congress allotted Hockey stick with ball’ symbol

Chandigarh: A newly launched political party of former Punjab CM Capatin Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress said it has got a “hockey stick with ball” as the party symbol for the Assembly elections. “Happy to inform that Punjab Lok Congress has received its Party Symbol — Hockey Stick with Ball. Bas Hun Goal KrnaBaki (Hitting goals isonly left now),” the Punjab Lok Congress said in a tweet.

Prior approval of Media Monitoring and Certification Committee required for political advertisements : DEO

Panel formed to keep vigil over paid news- DEO

Mohali: To keep a strict vigil over paid news and advertisement content in the scheduled Assembly elections, the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at district level has been constituted, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Mohali Mrs Isha Kalia said that candidates for electronics media (including online paper, radio, TV, cinema hall and social media and bulk / voice messages on mobile) Pre-certification from district level MCMC is mandatory for a cell in this regard has been set up at District Administrative Complex, Mohali, Room No. 440.
Deputy Commissioner also appealed to the cable operators of the district to get a copy of such approval from any political party / candidate before running a political advertisement and had sought the cooperation of representatives of political parties and the media to curb the negative trend of paid news.
DEO said, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had made a concerted effort to curb the media coverage of money laundering and said that Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) has been constituted at the district level. Notice will be issued to the concerned candidate / party immediately upon receipt of suspicious ‘paid news’.
The candidate has to reply within 48 hours after receiving the notice from the Returning Officer. In case of non-response, it will be treated as paid news, after which the cost will be credited to the candidate’s account and the Election Commission will be informed for further action.
Apart from this a letter would also be written to Press Council of India and National Broadcasting Standards Authority for action against the said agency.
24-hr monitoring
DEO Mrs Isha Kalia said the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) would monitor the print media, electronic media and social media 24-hour as per the instructions of the Election Commission so that appropriate action could be taken against paid news and uncertified advertisements and said that pre-certification is required for candidates to telecast advertisements on electronic media.

Poll campaigning in Mohali yet to pick up the pace

Mohali: Even as the Election Commission (EC) has announced the date for the Assembly poll in the state, the campaigning is yet to pick up pace as except for AAP in Mohali, other parties, especially the BJP-Alliance, SAD-BSP and individual candidates have not even announced their candidates or candidature as yet. Even voters are still silent and not ready to disclose their preferences regarding a party or candidate openly.
Political observers state that the picture would be clear after all the parties announce their candidates, though voters generally do have a preference, personal liking or disliking for a particular candidate may impact the results in a constituency.
This time, the election results are expected to be interesting and baffling. With too many candidates trying their luck in the elections, it would have to be seen who cuts into whose vote bank and who gets benefited from it.
AAP is the only political party till date which has announced candidate to contest from Mohali SAS Nagar Constituency as Kulwant Singh and Former Health Minister MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu is confident to be the congress candidate, though official announcement is still awaited. SAD-BSP alliance, BJP- Alliance and other too are yet to announce the candidates.
In 2017, Congress candidate Former Health Minister MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has emerged as a winner for third time.
AAP Candidate Kulwant Singh has been confined to the Corporation or council elections.
It is pertinent to mention about the rumours of the Congress not repeating its candidates as a few of MLAs are facing anti-incumbency, it might become difficult for the high command to pacify dissidents.
On the other hand, the AAP has its popularity among lower and middle-income groups, who have disenchanted with the traditional parties, could help it garner a huge share of votes.

Kulwant Singh hits back, files defamation case against Gurtej Singh Pannu, Sheera Bhanboura and Mohra Singh Anjaan

Mohali: Kulwant Singh, Member- Aam Aadmi Party, Former Mayor Mohali, had hit back to the allegations by Sh. Gurtej Singh Pannu, Sh. Sheera Bhanboura and Sh. Mohra Singh Anjaan in a Press conference and has decided to respond to it by pursuing the legal course.
As per the copy of notice it reads: To bring the aforementioned persons to the bookSh. Gurtej Singh Pannu, Sh. Sheera Bhanboura and Sh. Mohra Singh Anjaan who purportedly identify themselves as President (Youth), AAP (District- Mohali), Vice- President (Youth), AAP (District- Mohali) and Founder Member- AAP Punjab, respectively have unwarrantedly initiated a massive defamation campaign against Sh. Kulwant Singh- a person of high moral rectitude and unimpeachable integrity, widely acclaimed social workerwitha spotless record of public service while discharging his duties as the former Mayor of Mohali.
The false allegations have been levelled against Sh. Kulwant Singh for obtaining favors and obtaining the ticket from Aam Aadmi Party by employing unethical means such as exchange of money which warrants be refuting and rejecting with the contempt it deserves.
This has been done to adversely affect the otherwise unblemished reputation of Sh. Kulwant Singh garnered over the years by endlessly working for the public welfare which has been repeatedly celebrated by the citizenry of Mohali by electing him as their Mayor numerous times.
Kulwant Singh, hence shall be filing Civil Defamation Suit against each person seeking Rs. 100 Crores as damage and other Criminal proceedings for executing their premeditated malicious agenda and thus causing irreparable damage to his reputation.
On the other hand Gurtej Singh Pannu said he has not received a copy of any notice yet, Aam Aadmi nu 100 crore de damages ( It is understood how much AAM AADMI HE IS).